How to select a style in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to select a style in Excel.


A style is a named group of formatting characteristics. In Excel, we use cell style depending on the requirements like heading style, subtotal style or Grand total style. You can also make your own customized styles for different headings, titles or total in Excel. Let's learn where to find this option in excel and what are its different usages in Excel. And an example to illustrate its usage.

Cell Styles in Excel

To find the Cell Style option, Go to Home tab > Styles group > Select the More dropdown arrow in the style gallery > at the bottom of the gallery > Select New Cell Style.

You can also select from the recommended styles as mentioned below.

  • Good, Bad or Neutral
  • Data and Model (for Calculation and comments)
  • Titles and Headings
  • Themed Cell Styles
  • Number Format
  • New Cell Style
  • Merge Styles

Create your own Style using New Cell Style

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have data we need to make it presentable. For this either we can do it, select one cell and manually do changes or use the Cell Styles in Excel.

First we change the Heading Style. Select the Heading cells or row and Go to Home tab > Styles group as shown below.

Under Titles and Headings, Select the type of style from the options ( Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3 , Title or Total)  and changes will be reflected on the selected data.

As you can see, Cell Style is reflected on the data. This is easy, convenient and used as common practice. You can also select the cells and create your cell format on the Home tab, choosing border, Font Style, Font Color, Font Size, Bold, Italic, Underline, lined borders and Cell Color.

Here are all the observational notes using the formula in Excel
Notes :

  1. Create your own cell style using New Cell Style option.
  2. Combine two or more cell styles using Merge Style option

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